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'Baahubali' (English: The One With Strong Arms), is a 2015 and 2016 bilingual historical fiction romantic period action-adventure epic drama film franchise written and directed by S. S. Rajamouli, simultaneously made in Telugu and Tamil languages.[10] consisting of two films: Baahubali: The Beginning (part 1) and Baahubali: The Conclusion (part 2). The film produced by Shobu Yarlagadda and Prasad Devineni is also dubbed into Hindi, Malayalam and French languages. Baahubali features an ensemble cast of Prabhas, Rana, Tamannaah and Anushka Shetty in the lead roles, and Ramya Krishnan,[11] Sathyaraj, Nassar, Adivi Sesh, Tanikella Bharani and Sudeep in crucial roles.[12][13][14] Upon release, Baahubali has received highly positive reviews for its visual effects, production design, narration and background score, and had grossed INR68 crore (US$13.57 million) worldwide on the first day, including all dubbed versions,[15] and emerged as the biggest opening grossing Indian film of all time.[16][17][18]

The Telugu version is presented by K. Raghavendra Rao, while K.E. Gnanavel Raja and UV Creations presenting the Tamil theatrical version, Karan Johar is presenting the Hindi theatrical version, and Global United Media is presenting the Malayalam theatrical version. The soundtrack and background score for the film is composed by M. M. Keeravani, Sabu Cyril designed art for the film, while V. Srinivas Mohan is the Visual effects supervisor.[19][20]

The project is touted to be the most expensive production in the history of Indian cinema.[21][22][23] Baahubali also one of the few films featured in BBC's documentary on 100 Years of Indian cinema directed by Sanjeev Bhaskar.[24][25][26] The film was shot using Arri Alexa XT camera marking Rajamouli's first film using digital camera and the principal photography began at Rock Gardens in Kurnool on 6 July 2013.[27][28] Before the film proceeded to its audio release, a small 20 second teaser of the movie has been released on 30 May 2015.[29] A poster was unveiled in Kochi, Kerala, which the makers claim, is the largest film poster in the world.[4] The first part of film was released worldwide on 10 July 2015.[30][31][32][33]

Baahubali: The Beginning Plot

A wounded woman named Sivagami (Ramya Krishnan), carrying a baby in her arms and wading through a river under a massive waterfall, is being chased by a few soldiers. After escaping from them, with nowhere to go and in order to save the child, whom she calls Mahendra Baahubali, she decides to drown herself in the water while holding the child above it. She proclaims she will not let anything happen to the child come what may. At sunrise, a few villagers spot the child stranded alive in the middle of a river. As the infant is saved, Sivagami points to the top of the mountains and waterfalls (the direction of Mahishmati Empire). Sanga (Rohini) and her husband rescue the infant and raise him as their own.

The boy grows up to be the mighty Shivudu (Prabhas), who aspires to climb the waterfall to see what lies up there. His curiosity irks his mother as it could be dangerous. After many failed attempts, he finally makes it to the top. Looking for the owner (Tamannaah as Avantika) of a mysterious mask which fell in his lap, he discovers that unlike the lady of his dreams, she is a rebellious warrior fighting against the tyrannical king Bhallala Deva (Rana Daggubati), who has captured queen Devasena (Anushka Shetty) and has been torturing her for the past 25 years. Her group indulges in guerilla warfare against the king to rescue the queen.

While initially she doubts Shivudu's intentions, on seeing her mask with him, she realises he is innocent. The two fall in love and Shivudu pledges to help her in her mission. He sneaks into Bhallala Deva's Mahishmati Empire to rescue Devasena but gets caught while escaping with Devasena. The king's loyal guard Kattappa (Sathyaraj) attacks Shivudu but given his strength, and after seeing his face realises Shivudu is the late king Amarendra Bahubaali's (Prabhas) son Mahendra and deserving heir to the Mahishmati Empire.

The story then goes into a flashback showing the story of cousins Amarendra Baahubali and Bhallala Deva. Though Bhallaladeva's father Bijjala Deva (Nassar) is the elder brother, Shivudu's grandfather is crowned as the king since he is more worthy. Bijjala resents this decision as he thinks this happened because of his physical handicap. After his brother (the king) dies, Bajjala wishes his son Bhallala to be the new emperor but the late king's wife before dying gives birth to Amarendra Baahubali, another heir to the Empire.

Bijjala's wife Sivagami is feisty, fair and impartial. She raises both the children Bhallaladeva and Baahubali as her own and proclaims that whoever proves to be more deserving will be crowned as the new king. Later, as the Kalakeyas are preparing make war against Mahismathi, she agrees to announce the one who kills the chief of the Kalakeyas as the King. Bijjala and Bhallala's tactics fail as after witnessing the battle, Sivagami announces Baahubali to be the new king, even though it is Bhallala Deva that kills the cheif, as he protected his own people while making war. Bhallala Deva is appointed as the Commander-in-chief of Mahishmati's military.

While sharing this truth, Kattappa is interrupted by Shivudu who asks that if his father was so strong who killed him. Kattappa, with tears in his eyes, reveals himself as the one who betrayed Amarendra by killing him.

Baahubali: The Conclusion Plot

(Full Plot to be Determined)

Cast

Production

Music

Rajamouli's cousin and his norm composer M. M. Keeravani composed the music for this film.[39]

Release

The film is scheduled to be released on 10 July 2015 also hitting 4000+ Screens.[40] Telugu and Hindi trailers crossed 1 million views each within 24 hours, and on Facebook the trailer crossed 1.5 million views, 300,000-plus likes and 200,000-plus shares in 24 hours.[40]

Marketing

A number of short promotional "making of" videos has been released.[41][42][43][44] For releasing all those videos, Arka Media Works had its own channel on YouTube and the team unveiled first look posters and videos featuring the film's lead stars on the occasions of their birthdays.[45] The film used an augmented reality application to play the trailer on smart phones and tablets.[46] The crown used by the character of Baahubali in the film was exhibited at Comic Con, Hyderabad as a part of the film's promotion. A cosplay event was held in which chosen winners were given a chance to visit the sets of the film.[47] The film's unit also launched a WhatsApp messenger to give regular updates about the film to the subscribers.[48]

Distribution

In early July 2014, the film first part's Karnataka and Ceded (Rayalaseema) region distribution rights were sold to a prominent distributor for INR23 crore (US$4.59 million) out of which the Ceded region, which included Kadapa, Kurnool, Anantapur, Chittoor and Bellary areas, the rights alone fetched INR14 crore (US$2.79 million)[49][50] At the same time, the film's Nizam region theatrical distribution rights were purchased by Dil Raju for an amount of INR25 crore (US$4.99 million). only for the first part.[51][52] Though he did not confirm the price, Dil Raju said in an interview to Deccan Chronicle that he purchased the first part's Nizam region rights and added that he would acquire the rights of the second part also for this region.[53] BlueSky Cinemas, Inc. acquired the theatrical screening and distribution rights in overseas.[54][55][56]

Box office

Baahubali: The Beginning grossed INR100 crore (US$19.95 million) on its first day of release in India in all four versions (Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi).[16] The first day collections of Baahubali: The Beginning (Hindi version) was around INR4.25 crore (US$847,875) nett which is the highest for a dubbed film from South India, even more than Enthiran.[57][58][59] Baahubali (Hindi) grossed INR6.25 crore (US$1.25 million) nett on its first Saturday.[60]

In the United States and Canada, it earned US$1.2 million in its opening day from 236 theaters (170 of which were shown in Telugu).[61]

Critical reception

Baahubali: The Beginning received highly positive critic reviews and rave universal critical acclaim for all audience members for its visual effects, characters, production design, cinematography and background score.Firstpost stated the film as "SS Rajamouli's fantasy film with great battle scenes and hunky heroes is just epic".[62] Hindustan Times described the movie as "This SS Rajamouli film is all sound and spectacle".[63] Indian Express stated "Baahubali is simply spectacular".[64] Rajeev Masand of IBNLive gave Baahubali 4 out of 5 stars, praising its visual spectacle.[65] The Times of India gave 3.5 stars to the movie stating "this highly anticipated part one of the two-part period epic, manages to enthrall you with its sheer scale and grandeur".[66] Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave the film 3.5 stars.[67] The Hindu called it as a "A triumph of imagination".[68] Deccanchronicle gave Baahubali 3 stars.[69]

Home media

Baahubali's satellite rights were sold to MAA TV for 25 crores for both parts which was a record for Telugu movie satellite rights.[70]

Title issues

Sodhe Matha sent legal notices to the film's producers in early January 2014 about the film's title Baahubali which is the name of a revered Arihant in Jainism, Bahubali, as they were afraid that the film would portray his story in a violent manner.[71] Days later, Sobhu Yarlagadda defended the story of the film saying "The film has nothing to do with Gomatheswara or the Jain religion. The story is completely fictional written by Vijayendra Prasad and will remain so. 'Baahubali' refers to the amount of power the protagonist possesses." He also clarified that they haven't received the legal notice yet.[72]

Accusations of plagiarism

The makers were accused of copying the format and the idea of the "making video" from The Amazing Videohivers, a 123 seconds video clip, created by an Australian firm, which specializes in providing video templates for internet marketing. The video, which uses Adobe After Effects CS5' having a customizable template, depicts how film makers can use the video template to market their products. Regarding the issue, Shobhu Yarlagadda clarified "We have commercially purchased the template used in that video. We have licensed it legally. Anyone can license that template and it is not copying. We felt that the template is ideal for our video and hence we paid for it."[73] Baahubalis first poster, which showed an infant being lifted from a waterbody by a woman’s hand, was criticised for its lack of originality; Deccan Chronicle noted its similarities to the poster of the American film Simon Birch, commenting, "The Baahubali poster shows a woman’s hand raising an infant from a river; the Hollywood film’s poster shows an infant being raised by two hands from water. The image seems to be the same with one difference, the Baahubali poster’s baby is seen in typical Indian attire."[74] BuletinNow.com

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